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WESTMINSTER NEW BRIDEWELL GROUND STORY PLAN.

WESTMINSTER NEW BRIDEWELL GROUND STORY PLAN.

Architect: Robert Abraham

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1834

Shelfmark: Maps Crace XI

Item number: 14

Length: 445

Width: 610

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale ratio: 1'' : 25.6 Feet (1 : 307)

Map scale description: 5'' : 128 Feet

This symmetrical and formidable plan is of Westminster Bridewell prison. It is flanked by two reference lists: the one to the right explains where different sorts of prisoners are kept (indecent offenders or vagrants, those convicted and those awaiting trial, both male and female); the one to the left is a reference to the names of different rooms. These range from relatively prosaic titles, such as the Governors Office and the Record room, but more disturbingly include an Itch Ward for each sex, a Dead House for each sex and a disinfecting room. Two of the three annexes are for male prisoners alone, with the third for women. There is an area for debtors of both sexes.

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